After months of work painting, drawing, thinking, procrastinating, having the flu, sanding and more painting my solo exhibition Travelling Light is now on at the Quercus Gallery in Bath! Thank you to Evie for curating and hanging the work so beautifully. The Private View was very busy and some paintings have already found new homes. The exhibition is on until Saturday 31st October which includes The Bristol and Bath Art Weekender.
My solo exhibition at the Quercus Gallery in Bath begins next week with a Private View on Friday 2nd October. There is also an online catalogue showing some of the paintings included, but of course it's always best to see them in person.
Starting painting again after even a short time away from the studio is always unnerving at first. So I am pleased, after a few false starts, to have completed several new pieces. These are in response to my 'mini residency' on the North Yorkshire coast and are now at Staithes Studios new gallery in the harbour. The gallery, run by artists Stef and Ian Mitchell, is showing contemporary paintings, print, ceramics and jewellery and is open Thursday to Sunday.
Catching my eye.
nature: rock formations, edges, outlines, weathering and erosion
human interventions: fishermen's huts at Port Mulgrave, the giant granite boulders of the harbour wall
We have just had a lovely visit to the spectacular North Yorkshire coast, staying in the village of Staithes. We were invited by Stef and Ian Mitchell of Staithes Studios to stay for a few days as a 'mini residency' so I could gather inspiration for new paintings for the opening of their gallery on 21st June. The houses in the village are huddled together in two steep valleys running down to the harbour and out of the brisk cliff top winds it was warm and sunny.
Up on the cliffs the sky seemed huge as we walked along the Cleveland Way to Port Mulgrave and clambered down a very steep path to beach comb around a weather beaten shanty town of fishermens' huts.
The sea changed all the time and somehow managed to appear both steely solid and delicately luminous with shifting bands of deep navy blue, sage green, glaucous grey and even dark turquoise. When in the shade the cliffs could be menacingly black but when caught by the sun would light up revealing the complex geology of the area.
We decided to 'pop' down to Bristol last night for the Private View of Drawn 2015 and Drawing On: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art at the Royal West of England Academy. The M6 is not the best place to be on a Friday afternoon but we were glad we made the effort! Great to see lots of people filling the gallery and so many different approaches to drawing both traditional and contemporary.
Chatting to Evie Williams from the Quercus Gallery in Bath, where I will be having a solo show in October.
setting out, 30x30cm, pencil, acrylic and plaster on board
I'm delighted that my drawing 'setting out' has been selected for Drawn 2015 at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. The exhibition will be opened this Friday evening by author and critic Mel Gooding and art collector Chris Ingram.
This year’s selection panel includes Anita Taylor, artist, Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art & Design; Kate McFarlane, Director of Drawing Room, London; Yvonne Crossley RWA, artist and founder of The Drawing Gallery, and artists Tim Harrisson RWA and Fiona Robinson RWA.
I originally made some wildflower and plant drawing/paintings about 5 or 6 years ago and have since done more as commissions. As I have work at the Columbia Road Gallery next to the Flower Market I thought it would be nice to make some to exhibit there. Here are some of the ones we delivered on Sunday.
There has been some beautiful golden low winter sunlight recently, resulting in these little 15x15cm experiments with a bottle of gold Lascaux gouache that has been lurking in my paint cupboard for years. It has a lovely thick and velvety quality but can't easily be overpainted as it isn't waterproof when dry like acrylic. Worth persevering with I think...?